Murray Sharpens Up, Nadal Not Impressed by Next Opponent; Fed, Djokovic on Thursday at Wimbledon
by Jeremy Davis | July 5th, 2017, 11:16 pm
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Seeded players righted the ship on Wednesday at Wimbledon, where only one lower seed was shown the door and the Top 10 seeds all cruised into the third round amidst an ant invasion that had players swatting at air throughout the day.


World No. 1 Andy Murray led that charge, shutting down potential upset-maker and net-rusher Dustin Brown of Germany 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

“Certainly, the first two matches have been difficult to come up with game plans, because you don’t know exactly how the two guys are going to play,” said Murray, who will next face shot-making No. 28 seed Fabio Fognini. “I think against Fabio…it’s maybe easier to come up with a game plan because there will be a bit more structure and strategy in the match rather than just, reacting and sort of more kind of instinctive points.”

Other Top 10 winners Wednesday were No. 4 Rafael Nadal who held off a late surge from American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, No. 7 Marin Cilic who likewise straight-setted German Florian Mayer 7-6(2), 6-4, 7-5, and No. 9 Kei Nishikori who narrowly avoided a fifth set, defeating all-courter Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1, 7-6(6).

“I think it was a really, really good match,” said Cilic, who dropped 31 aces on Mayer over three sets. “High level from both of us. Florian obviously had some chances, serving for the first and third set. But I would say that I was returning quite good throughout the match. Even though he was up in the first set, I felt that I was playing well, returning well, just applying pressure.”

Nadal will next meet the big-hitting 21-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov in a third round, first-time meeting.

“Karen is a great player, he has chances to win a lot,” Nadal said, not seeming overly-impressed. “But then there are other good players out there.”

Lower-seeded winners on the day were No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 16 Gilles Muller who beat Lukas Rosol 9-7 in the fifth, No. 18 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 24 Sam Querrey, No. 26 Steve Johnson, No. 28 Fabio Fognini, No. 30 Karen Khachanov, and No. 32 Paolo Lorenzi.

“I almost wanted to stop because they were hitting you in the face when you were trying to hit balls,” said Querrey of the ant invasion. “All over the place. I lost a set when the ants came. If I had won that set, probably wouldn’t have bugged me as much.”

Tsonga lined up his next match with Querrey, who last year beat Djokovic on the lawns.

“Today, it was good because I won,” Tsonga said. “Sam is playing well — that’s not a new story. He’s playing well on this surface. He always has been very dangerous on this surface. So for me it’s a really serious match…I’m going to need to serve big. I’m going to probably have fewer break opportunities than I’ve had in my last two matches.”

The win by the No. 32-seeded Lorenzi broke an 11-match grasscourt losing streak.

The lone upset on the day was orchestrated by Poland’s “I’m From” Jerzy Janowicz who defeated No. 14 Lucas Pouille 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1. Russian Daniil Medvedev, the Wawrinka-killer, also bowed out Wednesday to Belgian Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3.

Matches to look for on Thursday at Wimbledon are (3) Roger Federer vs. Dusan Lajovic, (2) Novak Djokovic vs. Adam Pavlasek, (8) Dominic Thiem vs. veteran Gilles Simon, (6) Milos Raonic vs. Mikhail Youzhny, (29) Juan Martin del Potro vs. the mercurial Ernests Gulbis, (10) Alexander Zverev vs. Frances Tiafoe, and (32) Paolo Lorenzi vs. big-serving American Jared Donaldson.


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31 Comments for Murray Sharpens Up, Nadal Not Impressed by Next Opponent; Fed, Djokovic on Thursday at Wimbledon

gonzalowski Says:

Nadal about grass:
“If from grass we took the serve out would be very fun, because the background game is very nice. You can hit, cut and upload to the network, there are variants”

“I am amused to spend more balls, because I have the option to do something else, here you do not have the option to think and apply a tactic, it is as if you play a set to penalties”


Daniel Says:

That’s what makes it so exciting, the amount of different things you could do.

And reward the touch, and shot making.

I like clay tennis, but it is almost the same. Serve is nullified and all top player returj almost exactly the same, deep ball high with spon to the midle of the court. Rinse and repeat.

Grass is the most fun


Daniel Says:

Damn, I blinked and Djoko won easily.

DelPo 2 sets down to Gulbis, not looking nice at this point.

Djoko x Gulbis could be a cracker if Gulbis keeps this form. Going totlly under the radar, don´t even recall last time I watch him play a match.


Madmax Says:

Gul bis always been dangerous…because he doesn’t seem serious about his tennis, though when he plays “in the zone” he can beat anyone. Correct me please Daniel if I’m wrong but he has beaten federer and rafa in the past. Novak? I’m not so certain without checking. The same goes for Murray. Just wish Ernst was more consistent . He doesn’t seem to care for tennis just an accumulation of bad media coverage which he loves!


Daniel Says:

Gulbis just broke DelPo, seems he is going down. Isner also down a break fifth set. Not a good day for big fellas.


RZ Says:

Anyone pick Gulbis to win more than one match? I had him going out in the first round.


el_matador Says:

disappointing from delpo..but there’s no shame in losing to the rockstar gulbis..if this gulbis can’t test novak,then it would be a big statement win for novak going to the 2nd week..against a big opponent in a big match,gulbis always raises his game.. remember the 1st round against berdych(was maybe no. 4 then) in centre court where gulbis owned him..but obvisly in the next round,he lost to a nobody..tomic should learn from gulbis that if you talk big,show something to justify that


el_matador Says:

break back..vamos..


Wog Boy Says:

Gulbis played excellent match, but Delpo helped him too by not playing that well.


Mridul Says:

Man, this can be bad for Novak, hope they dont keep his match at No.1 court.


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t think they are going to put him twice in a row on court #1, he played today on it.


t4t Says:

I would have preferred Delpo to face Djokovic. Djokovic would have won. But Gulbis is unpredictable. I did not watch the match but I looked at the stats and they are scary good for Gulbis.


t4t Says:

Federer will probably not have to play on Court 1 ever. As Murray is local boy, I heard a few years ago that they have taken a policy decision to have all his matches on Center Court. I guess Federer is local boy at every slam!


Wog Boy Says:

Funny thing that Nole and reporter, after Nole’s match today, were discussing Delpo as Nole’s oponent in the third round, neither of them mentioned Gulbis, not even once:)


RZ Says:

I thought it was a rule that Djokovic and DelPo must play each other in the early rounds of all big tournaments. Guess no one told Gulbis.


Van Persie Says:

Did not watch much of tennis this week, unfortunately…

I liked Andy vs. Rastaman very much yesterday. Saw this one at least. Was like an Exo match :)

Yep, agree, also would have prefered Delpo for Nole. Will watch Gulbis vs. Nole for sure.
Can somebody tell, how Nole was today?


Mridul Says:

He was fine today, but the opponent didnt really challenge him. He needs to be at his best in the next round.


Mridul Says:

That DTL backhand has to be there in the next round


Margot Says:

Gulbis had a lot of injuries last year, which kept him out of the limelight. I’m not surprised JMDP lost. I saw his first match and his superior serve enabled him to win, but, as Gulbis’ serve is every bit as good, he didn’t have the advantage this time. It was as hot as heck but he looked slow and too many forehand errors.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
You really can take much out of today’s match, firstly, Pavlasek idolize Nole (I know it sound strange but it is true:), Nole is his hero, secondly, the man has four wins on tour in his entire career, so it was just good practice for Nole, but you can’t really judge where is Nole atm through this match.
What am I doing here at 2am, I am off to bed:)


Wog Boy Says:

Agree about DTLBH, Nole just can’t find it.


Van Persie Says:

Thanks Mridul, WB.

Good night, WB :)


Truth Says:

JohnMc hasn’t much to do. He talked crap again.
Maybe he should care about his drug addict son/ex-wife.

Djoker “went off the rails” because of his manic depressive brother.
Mc should know what manic behavior is….
How is Mc relevant to Djoker?
Djoker was asked about this phony.
He has nothing to say about JohnMc because there isn’t anything good to say.


RZ Says:

Woohoo! Thiem is through over Simon. Sounds like the Court 1 crowd really appreciates the effort he put into winning the match.


Margot Says:

Go Team Thiem. Suddenly decides he likes grass, YES!


RZ Says:

@Margot – he’s not standing quite so far back as he does on the clay.
As for people who suddenly decide they like grass, how about Thiem’s buddy Gulbis? He used to be anti-grass but is into round 3.


Margot Says:

That’s interesting RZ. Someone is giving him good advice.
As for Gulbis…..nothing would surprise me! But did have him winning one round in the challenge. Not surprised he beat JMDP but Would be very surprised if he got past Nole.
Meanwhile Youzny got a set off Raonic…oops. And did I see Harrison got a set off Berd, or am I hallucinating after all these WTA shocks?


RZ Says:

Here’s what Gulbis said about his injuries:

“I had two muscle tears, one in the calf, one in abdominal. Actually, I came to Roland Garros same like I did here: without playing any points. I tore my calf muscle in Estoril. So it took me a while to recover. I came to Paris. I mean, it wasn’t easy, against Cilic. If you’re not top shape, you don’t have a chance. Then I went to Prostejov, to a challenger. I tore my abdominal muscle in the first round. I won it, but in the evening it was really painful, another problem. This has been the story this season, you know. I mean, in the beginning of season, also I had some calf problems. I didn’t tear it, but it was getting tight. Still the wrist wasn’t perfect. That was the biggest issue that when I stopped playing last year. But now the wrist is fine.”


Daniel Says:

Federer winninng tiebreak 7-0, will serve first second set. Let´s see if he will have more chances now or if the match will continue tough. Bith players winnign a lot on their serves bar the 2 games they were broken.


Daniel Says:

1h and 8 minutes and Federer already played a tiebreak and a 6-3 set.


steve-o Says:

Quick win for Federer, good thing he got a little bit more court time thanks to playing that TB set. He said he was nervous at the start but settled down after the first set.

Now for Zverev the Elder. Should be a fun match!

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